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  • GATINEAU, CANADA - FEBRUARY 20: Francois Brassard #30 of the Gatineau Olympiques makes a save as Charles Guevremont #90 of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens keeps position in front of the net during a game on February 20, 2015 at Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

    GATINEAU, CANADA – FEBRUARY 20: Francois Brassard #30 of the Gatineau Olympiques makes a save as Charles Guevremont #90 of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens keeps position in front of the net during a game on February 20, 2015 at Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

    The Boston Bruins have one of the better goaltending situations in the National Hockey League. Certainly one of the deepest.

    No big changes are abound for the NHL club for 2022-23, with Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark entrenched as essentially co-starters. Another step forward for Swayman would establish him as the clear No. 1, while Ullmark played well down the stretch of the 2021-22 season and proved himself as at least a capable backup.

    The newest goalie added to the Bruins organization is in the minors. The Providence Bruins announced on Saturday that they’ve signed 28-year-old journeyman François Brassard to a one-year AHL-only contract.

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  • Brassard’s deal means that he cannot get the call-up to the NHL unless he specifically signs a contract with Boston. He is essentially a replacement for Callum Booth, who played the past two seasons in Providence.

    The Ottawa Senators originally drafted Brassard in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, but Brassard has never played in an NHL game. He played in the QMJHL for four seasons before spending a year in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

  • At age 23, Brassard played the first of three years at Carleton University in Ottawa, then bounced around the ECHL before making his AHL debut last season with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC - FEBRUARY 23: Francois Brassard #31 of the Quebec Remparts stops the puck on an attempt by Christophe Lalancette #10 of the Drummondville Voltigeurs during the QMJHL game at the Centre Marcel Dionne on February 23, 2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    DRUMMONDVILLE, QC – FEBRUARY 23: Francois Brassard #31 of the Quebec Remparts stops the puck on an attempt by Christophe Lalancette #10 of the Drummondville Voltigeurs during the QMJHL game at the Centre Marcel Dionne on February 23, 2014 in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

  • So, if Brassard ends up wearing the spoked “B” at any point in the 2022-23 season, that would be a terrible sign for the health of their goaltending corps. Or perhaps they’d clinched home ice in the playoffs and benched everyone. Either way, don’t expect to see Brassard at the NHL level.

    The Bruins also replenished their goaltending farm system in the 2022 draft, selecting Reid Dyck with the 183rd pick in the sixth round. It would also be surprising if Dyck played in Boston next season, but at 6-foot-4 with some upside, he could certainly develop into an NHL-caliber goalie down the road.

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